Tag Archive: Anafim 5779

Feb 07

L’hitpalel: A Case Study

This week the Anafim anthropology team began looking into 1 Samuel 1-2:10 to see how it might help them understand לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel). Some anafimers chose to build to show their ideas about Channah’s תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer). Some children worked in pairs to build a scene showing where Channah made her תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer). Together they …

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Jan 30

What are They Doing?

After a week of exploring what people might wear on their bodies לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel), like a טַלִּית (tallit) or תְּפִלִּין (tefillin), the Anafim anthropology team has shifted toward investigating what people are actually doing when they choose לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel). We continued our close looking at pictures and videos of lots of different types of לְהִתְפַּלֵל …

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Jan 23

Heading into the Field

As anthropologists investigating our new theme, להתפלל (L’hitpalel), we’ve asked LOTS of questions. When we looked closely at pictures and videos of להתפלל (L’hitpalel), we noticed that some people were wearing  טליתות (talitot). The second and third graders were curious — why would someone wear a טלית (talit)? When do they wear it? How do …

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Jan 16

Investigating Our New Theme

This week, Anafim took our first look at our new theme, לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel). To begin our exploration, we took on the role of anthropologists. We looked closely at pictures and videos of people לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) and recorded all the things that we noticed and all of the questions that we had about לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel). After …

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Jan 11

Anafim Gets the Band Back Together

Are you ready to rock?! Beit Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd graders) is gearing up to drop the HOTTEST singles of 5779. In honor of Tu B’Shevat, we’re writing songs that are all about etzim (trees). We started by exploring our instruments. We experimented to see the different ways we could use them to …

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Dec 19


There’s a LOT to celebrate in Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade) as we head into winter break. This week, we’ve been spending some time talking about and noticing how much we’ve grown this fall. In Ivrit (“Hebrew”), we’re celebrating the new letters and vowels we’ve learned, the reading packets we’ve completed, and the …

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Nov 28

Uncovering the Chanukkah Story

Making a final project is hard work! We’ve made drafts, constructed our collages, put on finishing touches, and discussed our interpretations! While we’re still making sure that every detail is just how we want it for the Family Exploration and Celebration, we took a break to build and draw about the Chanukkah story. Different parts …

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Nov 14

Gathering Our Big Ideas

In Beit Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade), we are gearing up to start our final projects about Ya’akov and Esav (Jacob and Esau)! For our project, we’re asking ourselves, “Which part of the text do I think is most important to Ya’akov and Esav’s relationship?” We’ll use collages to show that part of …

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Nov 08

Can we hear the next part of the text?!

Lately, a lot of Anafimers have been arriving with the same question on their brain — “When can we hear the next part of the text?!” As we settle into kibud (“snack”), the anticipation of hearing what happens next in the lives of Ya’akov and Esav is palpable. As we’ve been nearing the end of the …

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Oct 31

New Layers of Meaning

This week in Anafim (“Branches” for second and third graders) we began experimenting with different ways to add meaning to the collages we are making in the Yetzirah (“Art/Creativity”) studio. We practiced layering, a technique that involves making choices about what will fill the background and what will go in the foreground.   Children had different ideas about how to use this …

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